(a)Applicability. The requirements for permits for specific Western Pacific fisheries are set forth in subparts B through F of this part.
(b)Validity. Each permit is valid for fishing only in the specific fishery management areas identified on the permit.
(1) A Western Pacific Federal fisheries permit application may be obtained from NMFS PIRO to apply for a permit or permits to operate in any of the fisheries regulated under subparts B through F of this part. The completed application must be submitted to PIRO. In no case shall PIRO accept an application that is not on the Western Pacific Federal fisheries permit application form.
(2) A minimum of 15 days after the day PIRO receives a complete application should be allowed for processing a permit application for fisheries under subparts B through F of this part. If an incomplete or improperly completed application is filed, the applicant will be sent a letter of notice of deficiency. If the applicant fails to correct the deficiency within 30 days following the date of the letter of notification of deficiency, the application will be considered abandoned.
(d)Change in application information. Any change in the permit application information or vessel documentation, submitted under paragraph (c) of this section, must be reported to PIRO in writing within 15 days of the change to avoid a delay in processing the permit application. A minimum of 10 days from the day the information is received by PIRO should be given for PIRO to record any change in information from the permit application submitted under paragraph (c) of this section. Failure to report such changes may result in a delay in processing an application, permit holders failing to receive important notifications, or sanctions pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act at 16 U.S.C. 1858(g) or 15 CFR part 904, subpart D.
(e)Issuance. After receiving a complete application submitted under paragraph (c) of this section, the Regional Administrator will issue a permit to an applicant who is eligible under this part, as appropriate.
(2) PIRO will charge a non-refundable processing fee for each application (including transfers and renewals) for the permits listed in paragraphs (f)(2)(i) through (viii) of this section. The amount of the fee is calculated in accordance with the procedures of the NOAA Finance Handbook, for determining the administrative costs of each special product or service incurred in processing the permit. The fee may not exceed such costs and is specified with each application form. The appropriate fee must accompany each application. Failure to pay the fee will preclude the issuance, transfer or renewal of any of these permits:
(i) Hawaii longline limited access permit.
(ii) Mau Zone limited access permit.
(iii) Coral reef ecosystem special permit.
(iv) American Samoa longline limited access permit.
(v) MHI non-commercial bottomfish permit.
(vi) Western Pacific squid jig permit.
(vii) Crustacean permit.
(viii) CNMI commercial bottomfish permit.
(g)Expiration. Permits issued under subparts B through F of this part are valid for the period specified on the permit unless revoked, suspended, transferred, or modified under 15 CFR part 904.
(h)Replacement. Replacement permits may be issued, without charge, to replace lost or mutilated permits. An application for a replacement permit is not considered a new application.
(i)Transfer. An application for a permit transfer under §§ 665.203(d), 665.242(e), or 665.801(k), or for registration of a permit for use with a replacement vessel under § 665.203(i), must be submitted to PIRO as described in paragraph (c) of this section.
(j)Alteration. Any permit that has been altered, erased, or mutilated is invalid.
(k)Display. Any permit issued under this subpart, or a facsimile of such permit, must be on board the vessel at all times while the vessel is fishing for, taking, retaining, possessing, or landing MUS shoreward of the outer boundary of the fishery management area. Any permit issued under this section must be displayed for inspection upon request of an authorized officer.
(l)Sanctions. Procedures governing sanctions and denials are found at subpart D of 15 CFR part 904.
(m)Permit appeals. Procedures for appeals of permitting and administrative actions are specified in the relevant subparts of this part.
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